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Raisins in Vinegar Help Joint Pain

Raisins in Vinegar Help Joint Pain
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Q. When I read your column about gin-soaked raisins, I recalled a similar remedy I used several years ago. I don’t like gin, and I wouldn’t buy it. But the man who told me about using gin-soaked raisins for tendinitis also said that, according to his own doctor, apple cider vinegar worked just as well as gin.

The recipe I used very successfully to treat my tendinitis was GOLDEN RAISINS soaked in a combination of 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part honey (which kills the taste of the vinegar). Cover and soak for three days and take about 10 raisins a day. The tendinitis gradually disappeared.

I had started on them before the doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. I was already getting some relief from the raisins that improved with physical therapy. The pain returned a bit when I stopped the raisins. Even my physical therapist was surprised at that. Raisins in vinegar are no “cure all” but they are a big help. I think people who are not drinkers would like this alternative.

A. Thank you so much for offering this alternative to gin for the raisin remedy. Some people use rum instead of gin, while others have tried vodka or sloe gin. The raisins are the common denominator, though.

We have heard from many people that this remedy can help ease joint pain, tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis or other inflammatory problems. Anyone who would like more details on this and many other natural approaches to inflammation may wish to review our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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